Join Raphael Montañez Ortiz’s Panel Discussion, And Cathartic, Collective Performance In East Harlem

Please join El Museo del Barrio for the closing weekend of the exhibition Raphael Montañez Ortiz – A Contextual Retrospective at El Museo del Barrio!

The day-long celebration will include a panel discussion honoring the impact of artist, educator and founder of El Museo, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, followed by a question-and-answer session.

The program will culminate with a special performance, where Montañez Ortiz will revisit his legendary Explode this Bag action, first staged in London in 1966.

Conceived as a new Paper Bag Destruction Concert, this participatory piece will invite the audience to blow up and burst air-filled paper bags in a cathartic, collective experience.

Las Galerías will remain open until 6 pm to explore El Museo’s on-view exhibition.


Saturday, September 10, 2022, 3-6 pm, Free, In-Person

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue, Harlem, NY 10029,,,, 212.831.7272

Photo credit: Raphael Montañez Ortiz.

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